The conflict between accountability and confidentiality in Medicare's access to psychiatrists' notes

Paul Jewell

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    Abstract

    Objective: The aims of this paper were to identify a conflict between psychiatrists' obligations regarding patient confidentiality and Medicare's auditing procedures, and to examine potential resolutions to the conflict. Conclusion: While it is reasonable for Medicare, as a taxpayer-funded instrumentality, to require documentary evidence to substantiate and justify claims, such a requirement constitutes a significant breach of patient confidentiality. Obtaining patient consent appears to be the only ethical resolution of the issue.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-492
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Volume19
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

    Keywords

    • Confidentiality
    • Ethics
    • Medicare, psychiatry

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